(Seguin) -- Voters continue to break early voting records for the Nov. 8 General Election. Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says at the end of Monday, more than 31,000 votes had been cast early. She says the presidential election, along with the interest being fueled in many local races, is no doubt in line with a pattern that had been predicted by state officials, who expected a record turnout this year.
"We've actually broken all of our early voting records so far. We've surpassed early voting from 2008, 2012, 2014, all of them. The voters are making a very strong appearance in early voting. They are doing a tremendous job of showing everyone that they are interested in this election," said Adam.
With early voting records already being blown out of the water, Adam says she is waiting to see what other records her office might witness as the early voting period begins to wind down.
"Typically, what we see is a higher voter turnout towards the end of the last week of early voting. So the first day is usually pretty good, but the last day, Friday, is usually our big day. This election has been so different. I don't really know what to expect, but we're preparing as if that is going to be the same as every other year, or every other election to where as the week gets closer to the end, the voters will be turning out more heavily to vote early, but we don't know. It's been completely different this time," said Adam.
Adam says despite the historical increase in early voting, things luckily have been running smooth at each of the seven early voting locations in Guadalupe County. She says the wait to cast a ballot early has also not been too long considering the number of people taking an interest in this election.
"I think the place we've seen the longest lines is over in our Schertz office. They do have substantially more wait time over there than we do, just because the growth on that side of the county has been phenomenal and the voters are turning out in mass to vote early, which is fantastic. The last report I had was that lines were about 30 minutes long, not today, but earlier this week, when they were a little bit busier. Luckily because we also have the city of Selma early voting location this time, I think that's kind of been our overflow. So when the voters drive by and they can see the line outside the Schertz office, a lot of times they're either going to Selma or New Berlin or one of the other locations. They have been very steadily busy over in our Schertz office," said Adam.
Early voting continues this week at the Seguin Elections Office, the Schertz Elections Office Annex, the Central Texas Technology Center, Grace Memorial Church, New Berlin City Hall, Selma City Hall and the Seguin ISD Administrations Office. Early voting locations will be open through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.